Monthly Archives: November 2018

From other here to there

Robin Friend’s new photography monograph, Bastard Countryside, ’15 years worth of exploration within the British landscape, dwelling on what Victor Hugo called the ‘bastard countryside’: “somewhat ugly but bizarre, made up of two different natures”.’ See also the interview at … Continue reading

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Cities and bases

How an eerie abandoned US base near North Korea turned into an art haven: Camp Greaves / illustration by May Lee / music by Teeth of the Sea / If the Universe were shrunk to something akin to the size … Continue reading

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Representation and imagination

Photography by Pawel Starzec / a drone tour of China’s Mount Fanjingshan / Paint My Name In Black And Gold, a forthcoming book about the Sisters of Mercy (the band, not the order) / staying gothic, things lurk in the … Continue reading

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Root and branch

A depressing piece about architecture’s burgeoning relationship with instant social media gratification: Snapping point: how the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell. The stuff about Assemble’s studio wall ultimately becoming an iphone case is extraordinary / other things: … Continue reading

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Clone wars

Charge promise to build an all-electric version of the ‘classic Mustang’ / paintings by Amy Dennis / sort of interconnected, How does someone build a rich, connected, creative life? versus Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Revised for Modern Civilization / beautiful … Continue reading

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Still desperately trying to be distracted

Rachael Smith illustrates regularly on Empathize This, ‘a place where people can tell their own stories about how prejudice and hardship affect their lives’ / music by The Expert Sleepers / Ott Art, a tumblr about art / Cocoons, photographs … Continue reading

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Sleight of hand

More things to turn your head and ears / some music by Casual Nun / contemporary cubism by Anna Ostoya / the walk above the vineyards, KEEO design / Persuasive Cartography, maps that change our perception of places / a … Continue reading

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Frivolous things: Mikutap / fun to revisit: Medieval Fantasy City Generator / Cassette Tapes are back, but then Bandcamp aficionados know the analogue feeling / totalitarian rides square up: China’s Hongqi L5 versus the Russian Aurus Senat. No word on … Continue reading

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Space for (hu)man(s) and the case of the ancient astronauts

NASA’s Legacy Gallery from activities at the Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center (now the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center) / this next one is really not related at all, promise: Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens (via … Continue reading

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It’s all connected, in the least conspiratorial way possible

Grim but essential: Everyday Plastic: ‘The UK throws away over 295 billion pieces of plastic every year’ (via the Guardian) / Darkest London, a weblog about history and the past / Concrete jungle: How Italy’s modern ruins became art. A … Continue reading

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Flowers of romance

Paternoster Lifts: Dangerous, Obsolete and Quite Fun / Puzzle Montage Art by Tim Klein (via Boing Boing) / the Museum of the Flat Earth / SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal, an exhibition at Japan House London. Includes flowers by Paper Eden … Continue reading

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War gaming

Trafalgar pyramid? A look at an alternative London, a strangely steampunk arrangement of future visions / Tree House in Glass by Broissin Architects / Microkorg tape loop jam / Wargames and the end of the world: the disastrous feedback loop … Continue reading

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Random noises

The Sonic Boom Acid Fuzz / illustrations by Tim Easley / drawings and watercolours by Miles Thistlethwaite – see also Washing-Line Portraits / photographs by Thorsten Klapsch / The Bus, by Paul Kirchner (via This Isn’t Happiness) / building the … Continue reading

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Art and catastrophe

The Miniature Calendar / dense drawings by Sandow Birk / Tapas, a collection of short videos by Bonella Holloway containing ‘filmed actions edited according to their soundscape and rhythm’ / making a Lego automaton / all the Saturn V launches … Continue reading

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Finding lost places

Another deep dive into digital mapping by Justin O’Beirne, this time looking at new developments in Apple Maps (via Kottke). It’s the usual extremely thorough dive into map comparisons for accuracy, style and detail, with the strong caveat that however … Continue reading

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Go west

My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness / dredging project reveals hidden rooms at Blenheim Palace. See also the ‘underground ballroom’ at Lea Park / the world’s tallest statue in India / a gallery of disgusting food … Continue reading

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